The Residential Colleges combine living and learning in a holistic academic experience, providing 286,000 square feet of innovative housing for 797 students and faculty. For the convenience of residents, the state-of-the-art facility also provides classrooms, study areas, social spaces, a theater, a library, a teaching kitchen, a music practice room, and laundry. The two colleges share a central kitchen and servery on the plaza level with distinctive dining areas for each. The design encourages interaction among the residents and fosters a genuine sense of community among the members of the colleges – students, faculty and staff – and within the university at large. The two colleges (North and South) are each 4-floor, approximately 150,000-square foot buildings. The buildings were completed in a phased approach. The first was completed for the 2009 Fall Semester. The rooms are primarily double-occupancy. Senior and Junior students are offered single rooms. Exterior materials include brick veneer and GRFC panels with a standing seam metal roof. The lower level consists of a flat-slab, concrete supporting structure with steel stud bearing walls. Upper levels are composite deck with cold-formed steel trusses supporting the roof. Phase II opened June 2010.